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Hey, Jake Tapper: Read This!

Some folks at ABC News might want to read (and even add to) this piece we ran last week by... More

Obama Press Office? Johnston Saw Trouble in ‘09

Today, Politico has a long, much-Twittered-about piece detailing "why reporters are down on Obama," (for starters, named and unnamed reporters... More

What’s the Deal?

Naughty word in the news today. Reports cbsnews.com: Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) channeled his frustrations with Goldman Sachs witnesses at... More

The Law of Conservation of Mavericks

John McCain’s recent disavowal of the “maverick” brand has been a little embarrassing for the Arizona senator, because—well, because he’s... More

MSNBC: “Not The President…”

Narrating a cable news live shot waiting for something to happen -- any minute now!-- isn't easy. One must remain... More

Unremarked

Last Wednesday, General Jim Jones spoke before the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Just after thanking his hosts for... More

LAT’s Dwyre: “A Housewife Got The Real [Pat Tillman] Story”

After watching the soon-to-be-released documentary, The [Pat] Tillman Story, LA Times sports columnist Bill Dwyre felt "mortified" and "ashamed" of... More

A Teaser So Nice They Used It Twice

Score one for the awards-are-meaningless crowd: the good folks at the American Society of Magazine Editors, having already decided that... More

All Together Now: Ayva-Fiat-Yogurt-Merkel!

It's been about a week since that Icelandic volcano whateveritscalled has been busy shutting down European airspace and bringing us... More

Economic Indicator: Tonal Shift in Spam Email!

Need more reassurance than Tim Geithner declaring the economy is "getting stronger, faster," as he did just this morning on... More

D.C.’s “Most Popular Friend:” Mark Halperin Mike Allen

You can now read, at nytimes.com, Mark Leibovich's how's-he-do-it? profile of Politico's Mike Allen and Allen's Very Important Morning Email... More

Pleading with a fifth

And now for a payment-for-access story from another era of journalism: Let Ralph Morse, then a photographer for Life, tell... More

It’s Not About You, NYT

The kicker to the New York Times's obit yesterday for the renowned "narcissism expert," James F. Masterson: Dr. Masterson became... More

Gizmodo’s iPhone story and Checkbook Journalism

Today we learn that not one but two media companies with some of the most top-secret-hush-hush internal practices out there,... More

TOTES HuffPo

Yesterday saw the premier of "HuffPost Hill" a new email blast from the Huffington Post that promises to be, according... More

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

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